August 31, 2016 - 10:04 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookNorthwest, Iowa — A Hawarden teen’s vehicle and a Hawarden’s man semi were damaged in a collision at an intersection near Ireton on Monday, August 29th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:00 am on Monday, 14-year-old Alexis Haverhals of Hawarden was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on Eagle Avenue, two miles north of Ireton. Fifty-five-year old Dean Jurrens of Hawarden was driving a 2016 Mack semi-truck pulling a gravel trailer on Highway 10. According to the report, . Haverhals turned left onto Highway 10 from Eagle Avenue and was struck by Jurrens.

The Chevrolet received $1500 damage; the Mack received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Later on Monday, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident northwest of Ireton.

The report states, that at about 10:53 am on Monday, the Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident eight miles northwest of Ireton and upon further investigation the accident actually happened on Saturday, August 27, at approximately 10:00 am.

The report continues that 38-year-old Broc Yesda of Hawarden was driving a 2002 GMC Sierra northbound on Dogwood Avenue. Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Miller of Sioux Center was driving a 2007 Peterbilt straight truck eastbound on 400th Street. According to the Sheriff’s Office, The two met in the intersection where the accident happened.

The GMC received $4000 damage, and the Peterbilt received $3000 damage.

Yesda was transported by private vehicle to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley, IA for treatment of minor injuries.

On Monday afternoon, a Hull woman’s vehicle was damaged after she struck a mailbox in Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 3:58 pm on Monday, 33-year-old Susan De Yager of Hull was driving a 2008 GMC Denali eastbound on Highway 18 in Hull. Fifty-three-year-old Beth Polacek of Boyden was driving a 2013 Nissan Rogue westbound on Highway 18. According to the report, . Polecek entered the eastbound lane; De Yager drove into the south ditch to avoid Polacek and struck a mailbox.

The GMC received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

An Omaha, Nebraska man’s milling machine was damaged after a hail bale struck him on Tuesday, August 30th near Sioux Center.

The report states that at about 10:40 am on Tuesday, 64-year-old Craig Jensen of Vermillion, South Dakota was driving a 2006 International semi-tractor pulling a trailer with hay bales eastbound on 420th Street through a construction zone, three miles west of Sioux Center. Forty-nine-year-old Tracy Thompson of Omaha, Nebraska was driving a 2000 Wirtgen roadway milling machine southbound on Garfield crossing 420th Street. The Sheriff’s Office continues that a hay bale on the semi‐trailer struck the front of milling machine.

The milling machine received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

August 29, 2016 - 10:34 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — Five people were taken to the hospital after an accident at the Perkins corner on Friday afternoon.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:18 p.m., 32-year-old Pan Chixiong of Hull was driving a 2001 Honda Accord westbound on 320th Street. They say 26-year-old Monica Hernandez of Hawarden was driving a 2007 Hummer northbound on Highway 75.

According to the report, Chixiong drove into the intersection and was struck by Hernandez.

The Hull Ambulance took three passengers in Chixiong’s vehicle to the Sioux Center Health Hospital. Hernandez and a passenger were transported by the Hull Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. Additional passengers in both vehicles reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on their own.

The Sheriff’s Office says that the Honda sustained about $7,000 in damage, and that the Hummer sustained approximately $12,000 in damage.

They report Chixiong was cited on a charge of failure to yield entering a through highway.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Hull Fire Department and the Hull Ambulance crew assisted on the scene.

August 29, 2016 - 8:29 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSioux Center, Iowa — A Blackhawk, South Dakota man was injured in an accident near Sioux Center on Friday, August 26th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:40 am on Friday, 62-year-old Rollis Griffith of Blackhawk, South Dakota was driving a 2015 Jeep Wrangler southbound on Highway 75, three miles north of Sioux Center. Thirty-two-year-old Nathan Koele of Boyden was driving a 2008 Ford F-350 pulling a trailer southbound on Highway 75, behind Griffith. According to the report, Griffith drove onto the west shoulder and then attempted to turn left at 350th Street and was struck by Koele.

The Jeep received $10,000 in damage. The Ford and trailer received $12,000 in damage.

Griffith reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on his own.

Griffith was cited for failure to yield when making a left turn and failure to use seat belt.

August 29, 2016 - 7:48 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has died in a construction accident near Rock Valley.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, August 27, at 1:19 p.m., they received a report of an accident at a rural home, five and a half miles southeast of Rock Valley. The report was that a man fell from a roof.

Upon further investigation deputies found that 57-year-old Henry Wynia of Rock Valley was assisting with work on the home when he fell from the roof, which was approximately 20 feet above ground.

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Wynia to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley where, according to the report, he died from his injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Rock Valley Ambulance crew and Rock Valley Police Department assisted at the scene.

August 26, 2016 - 5:56 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Utilities Board has unanimously denied a request from landowners for a permanent stay to stop Dakota Access from building the Bakken oil pipeline until a court decides if the company can use eminent domain to get access to their land.
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The three-member board heard roughly 45 minutes of testimony from each side and asked questions before going into a close meeting to deliberate. After returning to open session, I-U-B chair Geri Huser, of Altoona read a statement that said the board was required to consider four factors: the likelihood of the groups success in their appeal; the degree the group may suffer irreparable harm; the degree to which the other side might be harmed; and the public interest.

Huser said the board did not find there would be irreparable harm to the landowners.

The representative from Dakota Access had argued the landowners should have filed the request earlier. Huser’s final point supported that idea.

The board did vote to continue a temporary stay on construction in place until the 9 a-m deadline Monday to give the landowners a chance to file an appeal in district court. Board member Nick Wagoner of Marion voted against keeping the temporary stay in place, while Huser and Libby Jacobs of West Des Moines voted in favor. The landowners had sought the emergency I-U-B hearing after a Polk County District Court judge ruled they had to go through the administrative process first before he could take up the issue.

August 26, 2016 - 5:55 pm - Posted in News

Murdo, South Dakota — Six northwest Iowa hunters are in trouble with the law in South Dakota.

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According to court records, the hunters are accused of swapping deer tags.

The records say the individuals, 53-year-old Randall Kats and 23-year-old Jonathan LeLoux both of Rock Valley; 55-year-old Corwin Harthoorn, 25-year-old Colton Harthoorn, and 25-year-old Kristi Harthoorn all of Doon; and 30-year-old Jeremy Hilt of George were cited in July on charges related to the improper tagging of multiple bucks in Jones County, South Dakota.

Murdo is the county seat of Jones County.

The Mitchell, South Dakota Daily Republic reports that:

According to court documents, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer began an investigation in April 2014 after taxidermy records in Doon, Iowa, showed Randall Kats had a mule deer buck mounted on Nov. 23, 2012, but a search of South Dakota’s licensing database showed Kats was only issued an “any whitetail” deer tag in 2012.

As the investigation continued, authorities realized the other five individuals were involved in a series of tag swapping that occurred in 2011 and 2012, with another incident in 2015.

Corwin Harthoorn was charged with two counts of transferring a license, in which he allegedly provided big-game licenses to his daughter-in-law, Kristi Harthoorn, in 2011, and to Randall Kats in 2012. He is also charged with unlawful possession of game after allegedly shooting a whitetail buck on his property in Jones County and placing Kats’ tag on the deer.

Colton Harthoorn was charged with two counts of transferring a license by providing his big-game license to Jeremy Hilt in 2011 and to Kristi Harthoorn in 2012. Court documents state Colton was also the person who placed Corwin’s tag on Kristi’s deer in 2011.

Kristi Harthoorn was charged with two counts of hunting big game without a license, in which she allegedly killed whitetail bucks in 2011 and 2012.

Randall Kats was charged with two counts of transferring a license by providing his big-game license to Corwin Harthoorn in 2012 and to Jonathan LeLoux in 2015, and one count of hunting big game without a license in which he allegedly shot a mule buck in 2012.

Jeremy Hilt was charged with hunting big game without a license by killing a mule buck in 2011. Jonathan LeLoux faces the same charge for allegedly shooting a whitetail buck in 2015.

All the charges are Class 1 misdemeanors, each punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. The individuals are all scheduled to make their initial appearances in court in September.

The Mitchell, South Dakota Daily Republic wrote portions of this story.

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Utilities Board will hear arguments Thursday at 10 a.m. on a request by some landowners to stop the construction of the Bakken oil pipeline until a lawsuit on the use of eminent domain is completed. The pipeline is being installed in northwest Iowa’s Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien counties, on its way to a connection in Illinois.
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A Polk County District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday filed by 14 landowners who sought to stop the construction on the pipeline — saying the landowners must first ask the Iowa Utilities Board to stop the work. The landowners then filed an emergency motion with the I-U-B, and the board will hear oral arguments in the case Thursday.

The I-U-B says there is a possibility that the next phase of pipeline construction could begin to affect at least some of the properties before it can take final action on the motion. So, the board is temporarily prohibiting Dakota Access from any construction or pipeline-related activities on the properties in the emergency motion until Monday at 9 a.m.

August 23, 2016 - 1:19 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — A Polk County judge has denied a request from landowners to stop work on the Bakken pipeline until a lawsuit over the use of eminent domain is settled.
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Judge Jeffery Farrell says the 14 landowners must first file a motion with the Iowa Utilities Board to stop the work. He says the court understands the landowners are worried about Dakota Access clearing and trenching their land prior to having a hearing — but says their claim boils down to due process.

Farrell says the Iowa Legislature established a specific protocol that parties can use to request a stay and the landowners cannot skip a step in the process and claim it is justified by an emergency.

The attorney for the group, Bill Hanigan says they are disappointed in the decision to go back to the I-U-B, but are following the direction of the court. He says they filed the motion with the I-U-B Monday afternoon. He says pipeline construction is moving quickly, and his clients hope to have an immediate decision from the I-U-B.

August 23, 2016 - 12:31 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux Center man faces probation and other penalties after he pled guilty to sex abuse.

According to Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle, 23-year-old Daniel Cothran Fennig of Sioux Center was sentenced on Monday (August 22, 2016) in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony.
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In March of 2016 police officers learned Fennig had a 15 year-old female over to his home and had sex with her on two occasions. Fennig met the victim through his work as a trainer at Snap Fitness in Sioux Center.

In exchange for Fennig’s guilty plea, Kunstle says judgment was deferred and Fennig was placed on probation for two years. Conditions of his probation included paying a $300 supervision fee, civil penalties totaling $1,350, abstaining from all mood-altering chemicals including alcohol, and successfully completing sex offender treatment and a sexual history polygraph.

Fennig is prohibited from any unapproved contact with minors under the age of 18, and is also required to register as a sex offender for ten years. The No Contact Order against Fennig protecting the victim was also extended for the maximum period of five years, according to Kunstle.

August 21, 2016 - 9:04 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookMaurice, Iowa — Three vehicles were damaged in an accident in the evening hours of Thursday, August 18th near Maurice.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:04 pm, 29-year-old Jennifer Sheeler of Hartley was driving a 2013 Toyota Camry westbound on Highway 10 and stopped at the stop sign at Highway 75, two miles north of Maurice. Thirty-one-year-old Eric Oolman of Orange City was driving a 2011 Ford Expedition southbound on Highway 75. 74-year-old Verna Lammey of Woonsocket, South Dakota was driving a 2008 Ford Taurus northbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Lammey was stopped, waiting for traffic before attempting to turn left onto Highway 10. Sheeler drove into the intersection, struck Oolman and the impact caused Scheeler’s Vehicle to strick Lammey in the intersection.

The Toyota and Expedition each received $10,000 damage. The Taurus received $5,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux Center Ambulance and Maurice First Responders.